Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, we’re into week six of lockdown here and I’m definitely feeling more than a little impatient and frustrated at still being cooped up. Of course I understand why it’s happening but it doesn’t make it any less difficult.
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about Books We Wish We’d Read As A Child. I read a lot as a kid, but of course there’s still so many books out there both that I missed at the time, and also that have come out since that I would have loved to have read. So here we go, Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child:
- The Golden Compass-Phillip Pullman
For some reason, I was very adamantly against reading Phillip Pullman’s books when I was a kid (I have absolutely no idea why) and so I never read the His Dark Materials series. I tried watching the TV series and it seemed pretty cool, but I didn’t really understand what was happening, and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I’d read the books. I have the first one, so I still might read them someday, but I wish I’d not written them off when I was a kid.
2. Coraline-Neil Gaiman
I recently read this one, and whilst I enjoyed it, I reckon I would have loved it so much more if I’d read it when I was a kid, it probably would have seemed a lot more scary to me when I was 8 or 9 than it did at 23!
3. White Boots-Noel Streatfeild
I really loved Noel Streatfeild’s books when I was a kid, but they were quite hard to find as most of them were out of print so I had to get them from second hand bookshops and I couldn’t find all of them. I would have loved to read this one as a kid as I really enjoyed ice skating, so I reckon I would have enjoyed this book.
4. How To Train Your Dragon-Cressida Cowell
I’ve watched the film of this and it was cute but I reckon these books would probably be a bit juvenile for me to read now. I actually don’t know why I missed this series when I was a kid, I loved dragons and the first book came out when I was about 7, but for whatever reason I never read them.
5. Swallows and Amazons-Arthur Ransome
Again, I’m not really sure why I never read these ones, my sister had them and I could have borrowed them but for some reason I was never all that interested. I’m not really sure why, pirate, kids going on adventures, it should have been something I really got into!
6. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging-Louise Rennison
These books passed me by as a teenager, and I think my reading tastes have changed to much to really enjoy them now, but I really enjoyed the movie (cringey as it is) and I reckon if I’d read the books I would have enjoyed them.
7. War Horse-Michael Morpurgo
I did try Michael Morpurgo’s books when I was a kid and there was only one I was ever able to get into (Born To Run) but I wish I’d read this one. The stage show is absolutely beautiful, but I didn’t see it until I was 14 and by that point I wasn’t really interested in reading the book. Now I wish I had, because I reckon I would have enjoyed it.
8. The Hobbit-JRR Tolkein
Lord of The Rings never really interested me, and to be honest, it still doesn’t but I reckon the Hobbit might have been a bit more up my street. I don’t know why I never read it but I’m honestly not really sure Tolkein would be my thing now from what I’ve heard about his books, so I think I kind of missed the boat on this one.
9. My Friend Flicka-Mary O’Hara
I was massively into horse books when I was a kid but this one was never on my radar, I think just because it was on the older side and not easily available in bookshops. I really enjoyed the film and I reckon I would have really liked the book but I probably wouldn’t read it now.
10. Alanna: The First Adventure-Tamora Pierce
I’ve seen so many fantasy authors talk about Tamora Pierce and particularly this series, but it was first published way before I was born and I honestly don’t remember it being around when I was a kid. I think I’ve kind of missed the boat on when I would have really enjoyed this book, though I may still try it at some point.
Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What books do you wish you’d read as a kid? Let me know in the comments!
I will be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is Top Ten Things We’d Have At Our Bookish Party, so I’ll be talking about Top Ten Fictional Characters I’d Have At My Bookish Party.